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ERIC Number: EJ791443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
The Role of Response Art in the Case of an Adolescent Survivor of Developmental Trauma
Miller, Rebecca Beers
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v24 n4 p184-190 2007
This article presents the art therapist's engagement in responsive art making as an effective approach in working with an adolescent survivor of developmental trauma. Through a case study illustration, the art therapist's response art was effective in two main areas. First, in-session response art helped facilitate treatment goals in accordance with van der Kolk's (2005) conceptualization of Developmental Trauma Disorder. Second, systematic exploration of countertransference issues through post-session art led to inner change in the therapist that coincided with change occurring in the client's behavior and approach to art making. Consequently, the client transferred defensive, acting-out behaviors from the context of the relationship into the art products themselves, thereby mastering artistic processes while moving towards expression of previously masked emotions connected with her trauma. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A